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Strength Training And Intermittent Fasting On Blue Monday

Today, I want to talk about something that’s been a game-changer for me as a new mum in my 40s on Blue Monday. Strength training, a spot of cardio and intermittent fasting (specifically, the 16:8 method). You see, being a new mum over 40 comes with its own set of challenges, but trust me, being one has never felt this empowering!

Energising My Day, Maman Style

Juggling the school run, evening dinners, washing and the endless responsibilities of mamanhood is hard enough without throwing a weekly gym routine into the mix. It’s beautiful chaos, right? But strength training with H has become my secret weapon to boost energy levels, especially when tackling the demands of parenting and the challenges of perimenopause. Even a short session gets those endorphins flowing and sets the tone for a powerful week of strutting around like a peacock.

Shredding Lockdown Pounds

Flashback to the middle of the global lockdown, I found myself putting on more than a few “pandemic pounds” through overindulgence. But thanks to strength training, cardio, and the disciplined approach of intermittent fasting, I not only shed that lockdown weight but have successfully maintained a healthier, more vibrant version of myself.

Intermittent Fasting: The 16:8 Method

Intermittent fasting and the 16:8 method has been a beacon of hope during my perimenopausal rollercoaster. It’s not just been about giving my body a break; it’s all about supporting hormone balance during this transitional phase. The combination of fasting and strength training has become my dynamic duo, fostering resilience in the face of my hormonal fluctuations.

Bridget Jones And Biceps

Let’s talk Bridget Jones because maintaining a sense of humour has become crucial when dealing with perimenopausal changes. I embrace my inner Bridget Jones all the time in the gym – sweating it out with a garlic infused aura and H by my side, cracking bad jokes, and relishing in the strength gained. It’s not just about physical fitness; it’s a mental and emotional achievement when it comes to these inevitable changes.

Supporting Each Other

Being part of a multicultural family that we haven’t seen since Little C was two is really hard. Cue strength training. Every week it’s the only thing that gets us through the toughest of times. Strength and health know no language barriers. It’s a journey that brings us together, supporting each other in the pursuit of well-being and hot flushes.

Defying Perimenopausal Blues

Now, it’s not just about sculpting those muscles; working out is also about defying the blues that can come with hormonal shifts. Studies show that regular strength training can help alleviate symptoms like mood swings and improve overall mental well-being. It’s Blue Monday, reportedly the most “depressing” day of the year. A day many find themselves susceptible to the impact of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). With up to 2 million people in the UK living with the challenges of SAD annually, Brainworks Neurotherapy’s brain health experts offer valuable insights on how to combat the winter blues beyond traditional light therapy.

They say the best and most effective way to snap out of the post-Christmas blues is to adopt a holistic approach to your health, and the simple and easy-to-implement lifestyle changes outlined here aim to simultaneously address mood, sleep, physical health, and lifestyle factors.

Bedtime Routine

I set a fixed bedtime every night, putting away my phone, turning off the lights, and gently closing your eyes. This lifestyle hack is often underrated, yet it stands as one of the most effective anti-stress habits. Going to bed at the same time every night offers multiple benefits: It aids in regulating our circadian rhythms, ensuring our body’s internal clock is in sync. This helps stabilise the production of crucial hormones like melatonin and cortisol. Such regularity not only contributes to improved sleep quality, but also plays a vital role in stabilising mood and promoting better mental health.

Gym Connections

While the natural reaction when experiencing SAD symptoms might be to isolate, it’s essential to try the opposite by nurturing connections with others. Engaging in group exercise activities such as Zumba with friends and family, offers me a sense of connection and belonging that acts as a potent antidote to the winter blues. These interactions not only provide emotional support, but also serve as a reminder that you are not alone.

Blue Monday Melancholy

What better time to embrace the gym than on Blue Monday when the post-holiday blues hit hardest? Heading to the gym became my secret weapon against the Monday melancholy post-lockdown. In my experience, the endorphin rush from a heart-pounding workout is the perfect antidote to those January blues. So, let’s turn Blue Monday into a celebration of strength, resilience, and self-care for all new mums.

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Saffron and Cyrus is a Newcastle-based family lifestyle blog, covering health, wellness, days out, travel, reviews, recipes and more from our family life.
The blog is written by new mum over 40, Aranda, with input from hubby H and son, Little C.

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1 Comment

  1. January 17, 2024 / 4:19 am

    I have been working out for almost five years now and cannot imagine my life without it.

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